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Turkey Pardoned From Death By Obama Last Year Is Still Gobbling Up The Good Life 24.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Caramel the turkey, one of two big gobblers pardoned by President Barack Obama last Thanksgiving, has a lot to be thankful for this year. For one thing, and it's a big one, he is still alive. (Story continues below.) Caramel the turkey at Morven Park, in Leesburg, Virginia. (Photo credit: Arin Greenwood) If you are sensitive toward birds, you're generally best off not looking too closely into the usual post-pardon life of a turkey, which has traditionally been very brief . Indeed, Caramel's fellow pardonee, Popcorn, died over the summer. "Something heat-related," says Teresa Davenport, spokesperson for Morven Park, the Virginia estate to which the pair was dispatched after their ceremonial duties were completed. "One day we found him collapsed." Caramel himself has a growth on his left foot, but -- thankful again -- the veterinarian says it's benign. And he's recently gone on some joint medication, since being bred for size rather than longevity can be hard on his ankles, Davenport explains. She says ...
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This Thanksgiving, Don't Be Bamboozled by Butterball's 'Humane' Turkeys 21.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earlier this month, PETA filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission asking that it compel Butterball to stop misleading consumers about its procedures for raising and killing turkeys. Butterball participates in the American Humane Association's American Humane Certified (AHC) program and can slap "humane certified" labels on its products, even though its turkeys suffered immensely before arriving on supermarket shelves. AHC standards allow producers to crowd turkeys into dark sheds that reek of ammonia; amputate their toes and cut off their beaks, which causes acute and chronic pain; hang them upside down by their legs; and then electrocute them. In other words -- it's the same old same old. Although the meat industry would like us to believe that we can have our turkey breasts and bacon everything with a clear conscience, that's a bigger load of manure than even a factory farm generates. It's a gimmick. The only 100 percent "humane" meat is no meat at all. It may make people feel better ...
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PETA Really Needs to Respond to the Charges That Its Workers Stole and Killed a Family's Dog, Then Sent a Fruit Basket 20.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
These allegations are so grotesque, they'd make the perfect smear campaign. As you may have heard , Wilbur Cerate, a Virginia man, claims that last month, two People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals staffers turned up at his home when he wasn't there, loaded his daughter's Chihuahua, Maya, into a van, and then euthanized her. Three days later -- this is the real kicker -- the PETA workers are said to have then brought the grieving family a fruit basket. Parts of this were caught on surveillance video. Accomack County Sheriff Todd Godwin told WAVY -- the first local news outlet to pursue this bizarre, sad story -- he charged the dog-nappers with larceny, only to see the charges dropped by the Commonwealth Attorney because, as the paper put it, "there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute." On Wednesday, DELMARVA Now got the names of those who were charged : Victoria Jean Carey, who appears to do HR for the group , and Jennifer Lisa Woods, another longtime PETA staffer who seems to have been quoted in a ...
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Is There Any Hope for Two Retired Circus Elephants, Rosie and Opal? 20.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What is going to happen to Rosie and Opal? This is a nagging question for those who are following the tale of these two female elephants. Since 2012, Rosie and Opal -- a pair of middle-aged, retired circus elephants -- had been living at Hope Elephants , a facility in Hope, Maine. Jim Laurita, veterinarian and former circus elephant trainer, was the non-profit's founder and he lived by Hope's mission "to provide a unique and caring home for injured and aging elephants." Photo credit: Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal But Rosie and Opal's storyline took an unexpected turn in the early morning of September 9, when Jim Laurita was found dead in Hope's elephant paddock. Although there were no witnesses, officials believe Laurita fell and hit his head on the paddock's cement floor -- and one of the elephants, in an effort to save him, inadvertently crushed him to death. "The elephant was not aggressive in any way. It was clearly an accident," said Mark Belserene, administrator for the state medical examiner's ...
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Sense of (dis)Place 20.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Jon Christensen threw the bomb and plenty of people registered the blast. "Muir's a dead end," he told L.A. Times reporter Louis Sahagun last week. "It's time to bury his legacy and move on." More than 170 comments on the piece include "I hope these two guys aren't actually teaching our children," referring also to Glen MacDonald, John Muir chair in geography at UCLA. I got to take part in MacDonald's November 13 symposium considering the legacy of John Muir as we come up on the centennial of his death in 1914. To my delight, MacDonald pointed out that among other things, Muir was a citizen scientist. Muir didn't have a college degree but "He was right about glaciation and the origin of some Yosemite mountains," despite the countervailing theory put forth by Josiah Whitney, then head of the California Geological Survey, that an earthquake had done the job. Christensen edits BOOM!: A Journal of California, and many of my fellow speakers contributed to its current issue, "Thinking with Nature." I ...
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Coalition Presents Constitutional Challenge To Law That Silences Industry Whistle-Blowers 19.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Bull Set To Be Slaughtered Because He's 'Gay' Gets Saved 18.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Activists are trying to save a "gay" bull reportedly slated for slaughter because the animal won't breed. Benjy, a healthy pedigree Charolais bull, was purchased by an unnamed farmer living in County Mayo, Ireland, last year, the Irish Daily Mail reported. Instead of breeding with heifers on the farm, however, Benjy "appeared interested in chasing around the other bulls," Irish Central wrote. The farmer sought advice about the animal's sexuality and was told it's possible the bull could be gay . Experts say bulls' libidos can differ. “I can’t give you any data, but bulls do differ in their libido," Dr. Michael Baker, Beef Cattle Extension Specialist at Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, told The Huffington Post. "Whether they prefer males over females, I think would be quite rare, some are just more aggressive breeders. Bulls are generally raised for one purpose -- to breed cows. If they do not do that, then they go for meat production.” Activists are now trying to save the ...
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This Rescued Bunny's Incredible Recovery Is Testament To Hard Work Of Pet Shelters Everywhere 15.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Had it taken even one more day for little Ping to be discovered, it certainly would have been too late. Instead, the tiny rabbit, found among tall grass in Chicago’s Ping Tom Park, will be ready for adoption in a matter of weeks, thanks to the animal shelter that rescued him and the donors who chipped in more than $1,000 to cover the cost of his treatment. The rabbit was just 3 or 4 weeks old when a group of volunteers and employees from the Red Door Animal Shelter found him in the park, located in the city's Chinatown neighborhood, after receiving a tip. He was in terrible shape. The rabbit, who has since been named Ping Tom, was severely dehydrated, overheated and covered in a sticky, dried-up “fly slime,” as well as more than 200 ticks and “a fountain of fleas.” Ten bot fly larvae had burrowed under his skin, and he required surgery at Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital . (Story continues below.) Ping was found in very rough shape, and immediately ready for a snack. On a scale of 1 to 10, in terms of ...
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PETA Reportedly Steals and Kills a Family Dog 15.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
PETA reportedly stole a family's pet chihuahua from their porch, and killed it. You heard that right. Yes, we're talking about that PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The theft was caught on video, and has been reported by WAVY.com, local media in Accomack County, Virginia.     County Sheriff Todd Godwin insists that he charged the two PETA workers with larceny. The prosecutor has apparently refused to pursue the case, however, citing insufficient evidence of "criminal intent." Let's try to comprehend this: we have a home surveillance video clearly demonstrating that a van marked "PETA" pulled up to the house of Wilbur Cerate, and that someone took the family's chihuahua, Maya. PETA has reportedly admitted that Maya was killed: they arrived later with a basket of fruit as compensation, says Maya's owner. (For some bizarre reason, PETA thinks that a nice basket of food makes killing pets okay. ) Hence, we have what we are told is pretty strong evidence that a crime was committed. An ...
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15 Baby Chickens Now Safe And Warm After Being Used As Props In Awful Prank 11.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A letter carrier turned up earlier this month with 15 baby chickens and a strange, disturbing story. The chickens, the postal worker said, had been sent to a woman on his delivery route in the nation's capital. Accompanying the tiny birds was a note, from the recipient's ex, making a crude comparison between the animals and the woman. Insulted, and perhaps feeling heartlessly flummoxed upon receiving 15 unexpected baby chickens in the mail, the woman said she was going to throw the animals in the garbage. That's when the letter carrier took back the birds and delivered them to the D.C. offices of the Humane Society, which then brought them to the Washington Humane Society , which in turn contacted the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in nearby Poolesville, Maryland. "I was very surprised by this story, I thought I had heard everything, but this was a new one," says Terry Cummings, one of Poplar Spring's co-founders. "Definitely had never heard of baby chicks being used as a spiteful statement after a ...
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How The Murder Of My Brother Forced Me To Finally Stand My Ground Against Gun Violence in America 10.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
I once quit a summer job so I could make it to a PETA rally. At the time I was less concerned about the treatment of animals than I was about how my high school girlfriend, a vegetarian, would treat me. I found her far more alluring than social activism. Back then, I was also a member of a group called SANE -- I believe it stood for Students Against Nuclear Energy. I attended a couple of meetings in dimly lit auditoriums and basements before bailing. I'd joined not because I cared much about nuclear energy -- hell, I barely knew anything about it -- but because all the cool punk and New Wave kids were in SANE, so I had to be, too. As I grew up, I began to care more about the world around me. During many moments in my life I've had strong feelings, but an even stronger aversion to going public with them. Why take such a risk, my thinking went, when it likely leads to little or no real change in the world? That all changed on June 17, 1992. That early morning my brother, Asher, was murdered during a ...
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Dear Forest Service: Today’s John Muir shoots video 10.11.2014 Current Issue
Let people take all the images they want in wilderness areas.
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Sea Lion Attacks Diver Off Santa Barbara Coast (VIDEO) 8.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sea lions may be adorable -- they surf , they snuggle , they even boogie -- but they can also be terrifying. One freediver had a close call with an aggressive sea lion while spearfishing off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. Chris Okamoto was using his GoPro to film the open ocean when a colony of sea lions swam around him , according to the Daily Mail. " At first, it looked like they were just curious ," Okamoto told the Daily Mail. He said he had been in similar situations before, "but this one came much closer and as soon as it rushed toward me, I swung the butt of my gun up and it stopped ...
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What It's Like To Be Detained And Prosecuted Under Ag-Gag Law 5.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Four animal rights activists drove hundreds of miles last month to a massive pig farm in Utah with one mission: document the grueling 500-mile journey of pigs trucked from the facility to their deaths at the Farmer John slaughterhouse in Vernon, Calif.
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Cat Hiking Is A Real Thing. A Real, Wonderful Thing That You Can Experience 3.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Every day at Best Friends animal sanctuary in southern Utah , cats are fitted up with a harness and leash and taken for an amble through the spectacular scenery. "The reality is a lot of these cats are going to spend the rest of their lives here," says Michelle Warfle, a former aerospace engineer who is now the cat manager at Best Friends Animal Society . "So we need to enrich their life as much as possible. And getting them outside is just fun for them." Best Friends' Utah sanctuary has around 1,700 animals in total -- dogs, horses, pigs, birds and rabbits among them, in addition to the 550-600 cats under Warfle's care. This photo shows dogs being walked at the Best Friends sanctuary in a gorgeous part of Utah . Image credit: Best Friends As with dogs, taking cats out hiking helps them burn off extra energy. It helps keep them from getting bored and also gives them the opportunity for one-on-one time with their favorite humans, who may be full-time staff or even sanctuary volunteers . Some of the cats ...
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11 Of The Scariest Looking Creatures In The Animal Kingdom 31.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We share earth with some amazing, yet terrifying creatures. This Halloween we've gathered together some of the creepiest looking animals we could find. From the bottom of the ocean to the tops of trees, these scary critters hail from all over the world. Many are very rare or hide out in secluded locations (like the bottom of the ocean) so you're probably safe from crossing their paths. Probably. 1. Aye-aye These rare primates are found only in Madagascar . 2. Star-Nosed Mole This mole is nearly blind, but that creepy looking tentacle makes up for it by providing an excellent sense of touch . 3. Goliath birdeater This mammoth tarantula can take down birds and small animals ( see it in action here ). 4. Gharial The gharial is one of the largest of the crocodiles and its long snout is filled with razor-sharp teeth . 5. Lamprey Lamprey are long, eel-like fish that can suck blood . 6. Goblin Shark Photo by Hungarian Snow via Flickr This shark is very rarely seen as it lives deep in the ocean . 7. Hairy ...
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Deep Undercover: Police Officer in UK Fathered a Child with an Activist as Part of an Investigation 28.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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10 Stunning Wildlife Photos From The National Geographic Photo Contest 25.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Submissions continue to roll in for National Geographic's 2014 Photo Contest , and we've been wowed by the spectacular wildlife photography entered so far. Almost 5,000 photos have been submitted in the three categories of people, places and nature. The contest closes on October 31, so you still have a few days to submit your photos, even if you're not a photography pro. Last year there were more than 7,000 entries from 150 countries. And if the photos we've seen are any indication, the judges this year are going to face a tough decision. We showed you 10 beautiful nature photos from the beginning of the contest in September; here are ten more of our favorites. To submit your own photos, go to National Geographic's photo contest website . You can also see more entries by browsing the Nat Geo editors' top picks every week. Photo and caption by Marc Henauer /National Geographic Photo Contest Off the Coast of Guadalupe Island, great white sharks gather to feed on sea lions. It is an ideal place to observe ...
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Pesticide Use Skyrocketing on GMO Crops While Pro-GMO Media Run Interference 18.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
by David Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner's Michael Specter's recent articles in the New Yorker bashing Vandana Shiva and the labeling of genetically engineered foods (" Seeds of Doubt "and " The Problem with G.M.O. Labels ") are the latest high-profile pro-genetically modified organisms (GMO) articles that fail to engage with the fundamental critique of genetically engineered food crops in U.S. soil today: Rather than reduce pesticide inputs, GMOs are causing them to skyrocket in amount and toxicity. Setting the record straight, Ramon J. Seidler, PhD, former senior scientist for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has recently published a well-researched article documenting the devastating facts, " Pesticide Use on Genetically Engineered Crops ," in Environmental Working Group's online AgMag. Seidler's article cites and links recent scientific literature and media reports, and should be required reading for all journalists covering GMOs as well as for citizens seeking to understand why their ...
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Dog Of Nurse Hospitalized For Ebola 'Wagging His Tail,' Safely In Quarantine 16.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse being treated for Ebola, has at least one thing she can stop worrying about: Her dog is being well cared for, according to city officials. Bentley, a 1-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, is in quarantine for three weeks at a former military complex , now decommissioned and owned by the city of Dallas. "He's adorable. Clearly a little puzzled by what's going on. But he's in good hands now and will be taken care of," Sana Syed, a city spokeswoman, said in a tweet this week. Pham, who had been treating Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, was hospitalized Friday. The dog was alone in Pham's apartment until Monday, when "workers in protective gear could remove him," per Yahoo News. This Oct. 13, 2014, photo released via Twitter by the City of Dallas Public Information Managing Director Sana Syed shows Bentley, the 1-year-old King Charles spaniel belonging to Nina Pham, the nurse who contracted Ebola. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Sana Syed/PIO, City of Dallas) Unlike the dog of a ...
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